Thursday, 12 September 2013

Gone To The Dogs - Rapanui 2013

Ok, so I just went on holiday to Easter Island.

Here are some photos:




I also took photos of cats, birds, horses, graffiti.

Oh, and moai and that.


Elaine said...

I'm assuming these are all very sad!

One Fine Weasel said...

I thought that too, and wondered why they were all so happy, friendly and perfectly polite if that was the case. All the blogs I'd read for research prior to departure referred to them as strays, so I was expecting them to act hungrier.

Then a fellow guest at my hotel (a German girl - such a relief, in this Spanish-speaking place, to find someone with perfect English) said a local had told her they do all "belong" to people - they're just left to do their own thing.

Some just wanted you to throw something for them to chase - they'd offer you a rock or stick, and wait patiently to see what you'd do. Others were quite content just to tag along with you and see where you were headed. They'd accept food if offered, but wouldn't hassle you for it. They were a constant feature everywhere you went. I enjoyed their company.

There are also many free-range horses and roaming chickens.

When I arrived at the hotel, the owner said of the chickens, a constant presence in the garden, "They're not MY chickens. They're just chickens. It's an island!"

Which I thought was brilliant, and probably also explains the dogs. The sense of community there was palpable.

Elaine said...

Well you have eased my mind considerably about the dogs. I love the idea that the chickens roam free. They can be quite beneficial with the bug eating and all.
Sounds like you had a great vacation. I'm happy for you!